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article imageOp-Ed: The people's teeth: why guns are a necessary evil

By Cameron Christner     Dec 4, 2013 in Politics
Here is a concise commentary on the core beliefs of gun rights advocates. Hopefully this will clear up some of the misconceptions, and replace them with logical and reasonable truths, all of which point to guns being a necessary evil.
There has been, of course, a huge debate on the role of guns in today’s society. Some want stricter laws. Others want guns banned altogether. And their main reasoning is that they believe if guns are banned, shooting crimes will disappear and everyone will be safe. That simply won’t be the case. Bad guys are extremely creative, if nothing else. They will find a way to get a gun, no matter how many laws you pass or how many restrictions you make. So, new gun laws will only affect lawful gun owners, and not the people who actually need to be regulated.
A lot of gun opponents like to throw around the statistic that after the Australian mass confiscation of guns, shooting crimes became virtually nonexistent. Yes, that’s true, but every other crime went up. You see, when criminals aren’t afraid of being shot, they become much more bold. They can break into your house without fear of being killed. And some statistics show that gun crimes are starting to quickly reemerge in Australia, as criminals find new ways to illegally buy guns. Meanwhile, lawful citizens are left completely defenseless.
As for insane people shooting up schools and movie theaters, many people have the view that if a law-abiding citizen had a gun handy during these attacks, the perpetrators would have been stopped in seconds, and not nearly as many innocent people would have died.
Further, to those who say no one needs an assault rifle to protect themselves, I say this; right now we may, in fact, not need it. There’s no real threat to America’s military might. Fun fact: The United States spends more money on the military than the next 17 countries combined. (It practically screams debt crisis) And most of those countries are our allies! Are we really that threatened?
Back to the point, no other country or even group of countries can compete with us militarily. So why do we need guns? Well, the future is always uncertain. We have no idea what it may bring. Whether it will be domestic tyranny, economic collapse, or even foreign invasion, I can assure you that the fragile peace and security we enjoy today will not last forever. If nothing else, that can be guaranteed. It won’t last forever. Unless of course, more people like Edward Snowden stand up and fight to prevent this dark future. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Enemy invasion? Really? Well, if you think about it, it’s really not that unrealistic. War is an ingrained part of human culture, and it doesn’t look like it’s going away any time soon, no matter how many hippies protest it. And the way things are going with our own government right now, domestic tyranny seems to be getting very, very possible.
Finally, to those who say the police and/or military will protect us, I refer you to the Canadian G20 in 2010. A prime example of why police are extremely fallible, how rights can be quietly taken away, and how many police simply aren’t brave enough to refuse unconstitutional commands, hiding behind the guise of “We were just following orders.” And the sad thing is, none of them were ever reprimanded. That sends a message to police all over the world, which is; as long as you’re following orders, it doesn’t matter how many people you hurt, or how many rights you violate. As long as you’re following orders, it’s all okay. And that’s why it was so easy for the military to take guns during Hurricane Katrina. Someone gave the order, and it was accepted without question, despite the Second Amendment. Police are only as good as their commanding officer(s). Not once, either during Hurricane Katrina or during the G20, did a single police officer stand up against what was happening, even though they knew that it was wrong and a violation of their, and our, Constitution.
My philosophy is that I would rather have a gun and not need it than need it and not have it. George Washington himself once said that, “Firearms are second only to the constitution in importance; they are the people’s teeth.” By this he means that without guns, the people have no real political power. The government could do whatever it wants without fear of repercussions from the people. And that’s exactly how tyranny starts. So, yes, all in all, guns are a not only a necessary evil in today’s society but a desperately needed commodity to ensure continued freedom.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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